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June 13, 2001 | DAVID KRAVETS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
After spending 17 years behind bars, Glen "Buddy" Nickerson walked out of San Quentin State Prison with a smile, saying that it's time to start living again as a free man. Nickerson has maintained his innocence since being sentenced to life in prison for committing a double murder in 1984. Recent developments have prompted a federal judge presiding over Nickerson's appeal to release him until court proceedings before her are concluded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2001 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly two years after law officers say he confessed to killing three Yosemite sightseers, motel handyman Cary Stayner returned to criminal court here Monday for a hearing to determine if he will stand trial for the 1999 slayings that sent a wave of fear up the spine of California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An Oakland man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting and killing a man for swiping the hubcaps off his car. Quincy Darnell Robertson was convicted of killing Khinde Riley two days before Christmas in December 1998. Another man, Ricky Harris, was hit in the foot with a bullet while trying to escape. Prosecutor Jim Panetta had offered Robertson a plea bargain for 25 years in jail, but Robertson opted for a trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2001 | PETER H. KING
This one goes out to the hotheads of the highway, to the road warriors who approach driving as if it were competitive blood sport, who react with shouted obscenities and shaken fists to every brush and near-miss. Consider it a lesson in how rapidly stakes can escalate, how quickly a routine urban encounter can tumble out of control. It was three weeks ago today, the first Sunday of May, a little before noon. Headed east on U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001
A statewide search was on for the suspect in the killing Tuesday night of a grandmother and three children in the woman's rural home. Police also have alerted authorities in all bordering western states that they believe the suspect is armed with a gun and a knife. The man, Roger Leroy Johnson, is a former boyfriend of one of the slain children's mothers, a sheriff's deputy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | From staff and wire reports
A jury Friday recommended the death penalty for Rex A. Krebs, 35, for murdering two college students in a case that riveted San Luis Obispo. Krebs, a paroled rapist, received two death sentences in the slayings of Rachel Newhouse, 20, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student from Irvine, and Aundria Crawford, 20, a student at Cuesta College. Newhouse was abducted while walking across a downtown railroad bridge on the night of Nov. 12, 1998.
NEWS
May 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of a California Highway Patrol officer who killed a San Diego woman after a traffic stop. Cara Knott, 20, a San Diego State student, was strangled by Officer Craig Peyer and thrown from a frontage-road bridge east of Interstate 15 on Dec. 27, 1986. Peyer was sentenced to 25 years to life, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating why a 911 call from a woman to a West Covina dispatcher, reporting that her brother had been shot in a Northern California city, was never referred to local police as the victim lay dying for more than three hours. During the incident earlier this month, Pittsburg police finally went to the victim after Yvette Segala flew from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area and flagged down a patrol car.
NEWS
February 23, 2001 | From Associated Press
The second dog involved in the fatal attack on a popular college lacrosse coach was declared "vicious and dangerous" Thursday and was ordered to be destroyed. That decree came from San Francisco Police Sgt. William Herndon after several people said the Canary Island dog named Hera and another dog attacked them or their pets.
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February 11, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The FBI is taking another look at an unsolved bank robbery and the shooting death of a woman in Sacramento County 25 years ago, long believed to be linked to the Symbionese Liberation Army, a spokesman for the FBI's Sacramento office said. Any decision to pursue charges will probably rest with local authorities, the spokesman said. For years, the Sacramento district attorney's office has declined to pursue charges in the Carmichael bank robbery case.
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